• WordNet 3.6
    • n impedimenta the baggage and equipment carried by an army
    • n impedimenta any structure that makes progress difficult
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impedimenta Things which hinder, impede, or encumber; specifically, articles taken with one on a journey which impede one's progress; especially, military baggage; supplies carried along with an army; in general, baggage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Impedimenta military baggage, baggage generally
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. impedīrein, in, pes, pedis, a foot.


In literature:

Until then we can only describe, classify, and try to get rid of some of the mechanical impedimenta of the search.
"Commentary Upon the Maya-Tzental Perez Codex" by William E. Gates
When I turned to leave I found my limbs clogged with impedimenta.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
I abandoned all impedimenta.
"Little Brothers of the Air" by Olive Thorne Miller
Impedimenta, advice as to, 4-6; all essentials procurable at Hong Kong, 4.
"A Wayfarer in China" by Elizabeth Kendall
Our servants gathered up our rather extensive impedimenta, and sprang into the water.
"Tales of the Malayan Coast" by Rounsevelle Wildman
It was James, by the way, who created such a sensation the first time he appeared on parade with all his impedimenta.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, September 30, 1914" by Various
There were none of the usual impedimenta of a prairie man's abode, there was no untidiness, no dirt, no makeshift.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
I had little to carry, no learned impedimenta to safeguard my faith.
"My Autobiography" by F. Max Müller
You get Tim and have somebody rustle our impedimenta up here.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
Every four years the government with all its impedimenta was to migrate from the one to the other.
"The Winning of Popular Government" by Archibald Macmechan